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Maldives and ADB

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  • ADB’s Work in the Maldives

    From helping to create the country’s first university to lighting up the outer islands, the Maldives and ADB have spent the better part of 4 decades finding solutions to overcome development challenges together.

  • ADB VP Calls for Strengthened Partnership Between Maldives and ADB

    ADB Vice President Wencai Zhang, on a 2-day visit to Maldives, met with President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to discuss ADB operations as well as the future direction of its partnership with Maldives.

  • Poverty in Maldives

    In the Maldives, 15% of the population lives below the national poverty line. Get the latest statistical data on poverty and socioeconomic development in the Maldives and compare poverty indicators among countries in South Asia.

  • Maldives and ADB: Linking Islands

    This country brief presents how ADB's operations in the Maldives has helped it progress from the United Nations’ Least Developed Country designation to Middle Income Country status as of January 2011.

The Maldives consists of over 1,190 islands, spanning approximately 900 kilometers along the Indian Ocean. Only 188 of these islands are inhabited, and the population is concentrated in a few of the larger islands. Malé, the capital, is home to 39% of the country’s total population of roughly 341,200 people, and only 19 other islands have populations exceeding 2,000 people.

The Government of the Maldives has been encouraging the population living in the outer atolls to relocate to the Greater Male’ Region to mitigate the pressure on the public sector budget in order to promote more efficient public expenditure on economic and social services. The government has requested ADB to shift the focus of its assistance to developing the region.

The Maldives is a member of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program.

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